LSU Health Shreveport “Reach Out and Read” program celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday

Katherine Harris reads to children during the LSU Health Shreveport Reach Out & Read Green Eggs and Ham breakfast celebration at the Women's & Children's Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Clinic for Dr. Seuss' birthday. (Jim Hudelson/The Times)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

So said Dr. Seuss in his children’s book “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut,” and LSU Health Shreveport made that sentiment the focus of the legendary writer’s birthday celebration.

In keeping with “Read Across America Month,” a March event sponsored by the National Education Association, members of LSU Health Shreveport’s Reach Out and Read campaign took time to read to and along with children at the clinic Friday. They shared classics such as “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

The campaign is designed for doctors and nurses to promote parents reading to children between 5 months and 5 years of age, Reach Out and Read representative Christine Tharpe said. The hope is by the time they reach kindergarten, they’ll be ready to start reading.

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